SEGA has invested in its developer Creative Assembly, acquiring Crytek Black Sea to expand Creative Assembly. The Bulgarian-based developers, with a headcount of 60, will be renamed as Creative Assembly Sofia.
It's been a big year for Creative Assembly. The company has grown by 37 per cent in the last year and now has over 500 employees and three UK sites. Their third site in the UK, recently opened, has a motion-capture studio, dedicated audio suites and other mod cons.
Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly, said in a statement: “Now in our 30th year of games development, with an army of multi-million selling titles to our name and a history of world-renowned partnerships, Creative Assembly is proof of the UK games industry’s potential for global success. Due to this success, we are further expanding our UK base and developing additional projects overseas, whilst pursuing top talent from across the globe to join us, all in support of our commitment to creating high quality, authentic gaming experiences.
Our continued growth allows us to be dynamic with our future projects, constantly seeking new opportunities and reaching a wider audience with our games.”
Jurgen Post, SEGA Europe's President and COO, added: “The acquisition of Crytek Black Sea further enhances SEGA Europe’s development capabilities and strengthens our ability to output diverse and engaging content for our IP. Creative Assembly Sofia will be working exclusively on content for Creative Assembly and will prove an invaluable asset given the multitude of unannounced titles currently in the works. This acquisition represents another step in the right direction for the growth of our global business, underlining our commitment to add value to our existing studios and our continued support for the UK games industry.”
The studio is currently hard at work on several unannounced projects for 2017, and several of these titles will now be developed in cooperation with this new Creative Assembly Sofia team.